Two Jobless Women, Followed Their Hearts To Happiness And Success
Building a successful business from scratch takes perseverance, collaboration, and a little bit of luck. Ashlee and Jenny, the charismatic co-founders of Miss Jenny's Pickles, might also suggest a fourth key: a complementary partnership.
"You cannot drive a car without the gas or the brake. Jenny is the gas, and I'm the break, and we couldn't get to our final destination without either of us," Ashlee says. Inspired by Jenny's grandmother's recipes and preferred flavors, Miss Jenny's Pickles has become the full-time occupations for the "country girl" and the "city slicker" who decided to pursue entrepreneurship after both losing their jobs during the financial recession in 2009-2010.
The co-founders had a dose of luck, in their first year growing cucumbers: "We were so blessed with cucumbers in that first year," Jenny says, "that I looked up and said, 'Maw-Maw [her grandmother], I've had enough!'"
But beyond luck, Ashlee and Jenny credit their success with Miss Jenny's Pickles to a combination of hard work and confidence. Owning a business producing, packaging, and shipping pickles—as compared with a traditional office job, like the ones the duo had in the past—has brought with it long hours and loads of personal responsibility, but also a comfortable, relaxed dress code and increased satisfaction. As for their confidence? Jenny says to others who are thinking of starting businesses: "Believe in yourself, believe in what you're doing, and anything is possible."